January 14, 2014
Birmingham PD arrested a man for allegedly robbing and kidnapping a Birmingham woman during a home invasion. The suspect allegedly entered the woman's home after using a false name and story involving his lost dog, and then proceeded to tie her hands and feet together with a pair of shoelaces. Police say a critical piece of evidence in solving this violent crime was having the serial number to the Xbox that was stolen during the robbery along with a bicycle.
"When I entered the Xbox serial number in LeadsOnline, I was able to immediately identify who pawned the item, which eventually lead me to the suspect," said Detective George Montgomery.
LeadsOnline is a nationwide system used by law enforcement to track stolen property that may have been sold across city, county and even state line.
"With LeadsOnline we are able to solve crimes faster," Detective Montgomery said. "The old fashioned way included manually entering and searching pawn tickets, and now it's a much simpler process for everyone."
With the start of the New Year, Police recommend citizens log their serial numbers in the free citizen property inventory system, ReportIt, offered through LeadsOnline. ReportIt allows Birmingham citizens to securely store their serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts so items can be easily identified in the event of theft or loss. The ReportIt system is accessible only to the citizen users and cannot be viewed by police without the user's consent. Users can register for an account by visiting reportit.leadsonline.com.
The suspect is currently being held in the Jefferson County Jail awaiting trial. He was charged with robbery, kidnapping and burglary 1. Information in this release is in reference to Birmingham Police Department case number 2013-194358.
More than 100 agencies in Alabama and more than 2,800 agencies nationwide use LeadsOnline to instantly search for stolen property that may have been sold at secondhand stores, pawn shops, internet drop off stores, or scrap metal recyclers, across all 50 states.
For more information, please visit http://www.leadsonline.com.
LeadsOnline (http://www.leadsonline.com) is the nation's largest online investigative system used by more than 4,700 law enforcement agencies to recover stolen property and solve crimes. Each day, millions of items are added to the LeadsOnline database by businesses including secondhand stores, scrap metal recyclers, pawn shops, and Internet drop-off stores across all 50 states. Those records are instantly available to law enforcement agencies. The LeadsOnline system serves as an efficient and money-saving resource for detectives because it provides a cross-jurisdictional, instantaneous, and accurate database that stops criminals from escaping detection by selling stolen items in another city. An official eBay partner, LeadsOnline helps prevent illegal transactions on the eBay website by giving law enforcement access to the world's largest online marketplace through automatic upload of all eBay transactions into the LeadsOnline database. LeadsOnline also includes LeadsOnlabs, a system for tracking those involved in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamines; a Metal Theft Investigation System designed to track copper and other metal thefts; and cross-checks names of pawn customers against the OFAC SDN list of known terrorists and narcotics traffickers. Each year, LeadsOnline is credited with recovering millions of dollars in stolen goods and solving thousands of crimes that are often associated with bigger crimes, such as homicide, identity theft, and arson. Based in Dallas and led by CEO Dave Finley, LeadsOnline works with thousands of agencies throughout the country, including the New York City Police Department, Chicago Police Department, the Dallas Police Department, and the San Francisco Police Department.